Skip to comments.College-educated workers are taking jobs that don't require degrees
Posted on 09/20/2013 4:37:39 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
College graduates are tending bar and driving taxis, pushing people without degrees out of those jobs.
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They were doing that in the 1970s.
The common joke was PhD’s driving cabs and flipping burgers.
A good many jobs requiring degrees really don’t.
The Baraqqi “new normal”
Stockman’s book says we have fewer “breadwinner” level jobs now than 1998.
NYCers are demanding a Masters degree for their nannys.
My son, younger daughter, and most of their college-degree friends are working either blue-collar jobs are routine office jobs: bartending, retail sales, warehousing, accounts payable, nursery work, handyman work, and so forth.
Of course, and I think it was Jerry Seinfeld who once pointed it out, a good way to start a 55-minute argument is to ask a foursome of Manhattanites to tell you the best way to get from Columbus Circle to Battery Park.
Having already spent money and time on degrees for jobs that were outsourced to India, some in the workplace have opted to do jobs that can’t be sent overseas (like transportation service, etc.) and don’t require spending more money to get a new degree.
What else are English majors supposed to do? (I can say that because I’m and English major)
My cousin drove a Chicago hack for a while, while working on one of his degrees. Now he’s a dean at a western midsize campus.
They were doing that during the Great Depression. My father’s Brooklyn public school yearbook was filled with teachers who had Harvard and Yale degrees.
The cab drivers (off the boat) in my city don’t know the basic roads and have total reliance on mapping software telling them when and where to turn.
Gee, I wonder what the ILLEGALS will do now?
Oh, the answer to that used to be easy: just take Broadway all the way down. Now with that stupid pedestrian mall in Times Square...
(I can say that because Im and English major)
Houston, we have a problem.
Go back to your high school and bitch-slap your "counselor" for giving you a bum steer.
There are professional HR products that test aptitude and can give students a steer in the right direction, when the outcomes are put together with current salary and career-arc info. School counselors not doing that are stealing their paychecks.
You are correct.
When you interview people even for a grunt job, the degree person is more likely to be hired, the reasoning (even thought it maybe flawed) is that is shows the person can start and complete something.
When I was interviewing, I found it a ridiculous premiss. Although a person with AA, is a good bet, someone with a masters is not going to stay in a grunt job.
I never said I was good at typing - I’m terrible.
For the last 30 years my husband has worked for overseas companies in the US, that makes him out sourced.
First the Danish, now the Japaneses.
People are demanding 24/7 customer service so companies are employing people around the world to answers phones, we will never go back to M-F, 8-5 phone service.
The best supervisors in my plant came from the ranks of the production workers.......
Once the corporation started hiring "college degreed" individuals for supervision, without an ounce of plant production experience, it went downhill from there......
A college degree may work in the corporate office, but on the plant floor, there is no substitute for actual experience......